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Saturday Night Live has released a clip from a December 1979 episode in which a beautifully made-up David Bowie performed a theatrical version of his song The Man Who Sold the World, the title track of his third album. That’s Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias singing backup for him. Bowie and band were introduced by guest host, the former President of the United States (at least on The West Wing), Martin Sheen.

Fun Fact: In the wake of Nirvana’s cover on their MTV Unplugged in New York performance and release, Bowie, according to The Complete David Bowie book, bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter “kids that come up afterwards and say, ‘It’s cool you’re doing a Nirvana song.’ And I think, ‘Fuck you, you little tosser!'”

Vinyl LP sales in Canada in 2015 posted the biggest overall sales total in the SoundScan era since 1991, with a sales increase of 30% over 2014. As you can see below, the numbers aren’t huge compared to digital albums, but it’s a great format building lifelong fans.

Title/Artist Vinyl Sales
1 25 / Adele 6,200
2 1989 / Taylor Swift 6,000
3 X / Ed Sheeran 4,800
4 AM / Arctic Monkeys 3,800
5 In The Lonely Hour / Sam Smith 3,700
6 Abbey Road / Beatles 3,300
7 Hozier / Hozier 3,200
8 Dark Side Of The Moon / Pink Floyd 3,200
9 Wilder Mind / Mumford & Sons 3,000
10 Led Zeppelin IV / Led Zeppelin 2,600
11 Legend / Bob Marley & The Wailers 2,400
12 Kind Of Blue / Miles Davis 2,400
13 Nevermind / Nirvana 2,300
14 Ultraviolence / Lana Del Rey 2,200
15 If I Should Go Before You / City And Colour 2,200
16 Dream Your Life Away / Vance Joy 2,100
17 Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 / Soundtrack 2,100
18 Honeymoon / Lana Del Rey 2,100
19 Chronicles / Creedence Clearwater Revival 2,000
20 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / Beatles 2,000

In a new exclusive interview between Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and SPIN founder Bob Guccione Jr., the bassist tries to speculate on what Nirvana might’ve sounded like today, discusses the enormous success of Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, and opens up about how heartbroken he was when his friend and bandmate, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in April of 1994.

Dave Grohl has reunited with his past legendary band, who changed music for an entire generation. No, not Nirvana, but The Muppets. Grohl has gone back to The Muppets rock house band The Electric Mayhem for a cover of the 1999 Foo Fighters’ hit “Learn to Fly”.

My parents-in-law are big Fox News fans. They’re incredibly interested in the development of politics in America, from the network’s perspective, and although I’m rarely on the channel, this interview was definitely worth watching. Ex-MTVer Kennedy is now one of the popular hosts on Fox, and here’s a cool interview she recently completed with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, who talked about proportional representation, Citizens United and Bernie Sanders.

The Best Album Covers Found This Week. …and when I say best, I mean strangest.

Watch 22-Minute Doc on Toronto Radio Station CFNY-FM: Ain’t Your Average Radio Clone

YouTube Gets A New Look For Your Desktop

How Podcasters, Radio Stations And Other Audio Brands Can Master Social Media

…and you thought The Grateful Dead were finished? No more shows, right? Guess again.

Penn and Teller Shows How To Pull A Rabbit From A Hat

Kurt Cobain Demos & Comedy Skit to Be Included on ‘Montage of Heck’ Companion Album

Kalle Mattson Recreates 35 Classic Album Covers For New Video

The Beatles Isolated Vocals From Getting Better, When I’m 64, Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite, Sgt Peppers Reprise

CTV Toronto: “GTA youth joins A-list celebrities as ambassador of anti-bullying campaign”

Billy Sherrill Got It Right When It Came To Radio

The Beastie Boys’ Isolated Vocals For “Sabotage”

16 Classic Album Covers Got The Puuuuurfect Makeovers Ever… Featuring Kittens

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a major key instead of a minor one

Cool interview with Denise Benson, author of the new Then & Now book looking at Toronto’s club scene

13 Things You Should Know Before Learning To Play Guitar, according to singer-songwriter James Bay

15 Fun And Useful Vinyl Storage Ideas

14 previously unheard Nirvana alternate mixes and demos appear online. Listen to them here

How One Man Built One of the Biggest Record Collections – 250,000 – Ever Sold on Craigslist

Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein And Corin Tucker Give Advice On Coming Out And Love

Still Not Convinced Dave Ghrol Is The Greatest Rock Star? Check Him Out Saving A Kid In 2009